Tax Cut Dispute Looming

New Mexico – When the New Mexico Legislature convenes, lawmakers and Gov. Susana Martinez will consider doing what was unthinkable in the past three years because of New Mexico's sour economy: Cutting taxes.

With the economy on the mend, the governor is proposing $55 million in tax cuts to boost businesses and encourage them to create jobs. But those tax reductions likely will turn into one of the biggest disputes between the Republican governor and the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

The 30-day session begins Tuesday and is taking place during an election year in which Republicans see an opportunity to win a majority in the House for the first time since the 1950s.

Against that political backdrop, Martinez wants lawmakers to consider several politically charged proposals, including an end to driver's licenses for illegal immigrants.

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